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  • FreshPAC

    In late September 2015, WAMU 88.5 reporter Patrick Madden uncovered the existence of a local political action committee that was exploiting a loophole to raise unlimited funds to support the mayor. The PAC was founded by close allies of the mayor, including her campaign treasurer. Over the next three months, Madden's dogged reporting on the PAC would raise questions about pay-to-play, the PAC's ties to a billion dollar power company merger and ultimately cause organizers to disband the group after public outcry.
  • Fools rush in: Steve Case, Jerry Levin, and the unmaking of AOL Time Warner

    This book examines the aftermath of the AOL Time Warner merger, once hailed as "the deal of the century": $200 billion lost in shareholder value, investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, shareholder lawsuits against the company, and the "civil war" that broke out inside the company, "complete with backstabbing and personal betrayals."
  • Poll: Voters Undecided

    This story shows the results of some local polls about possible school district mergers. The results showed that registered voters think the school board is effective and that the merger is not going to make a difference. This story is significant because it used computer assisted reporting to analyze polling data; it could provide guidance for other journalists trying to do similar stories.
  • Stealth Merger: Drug Companies and Government Medical Research

    This investigation is about how the National Institute of Health allows its scientists to take side jobs as consultants for drug companies. The articles show how this conflict of interest can affect their work, and how it can be detrimental to the health of America. Not only does the agency allow for the conflict of interest, but it allows top-paid employees to keep their consulting confidential.
  • Power Failure

    After having choreographed the grandest media dance in corporate history, AOL and Time Warner have developed insensate feet. A merger charted by the likes of AOL head Steve Case and Time Warner's Jerry Levin became bitter after stock prices crashed by more than 70%. Employee morale at the companies is in its depths and accusations are flying across from either side. No wonder then, that AOL Time Warner's new heads- new C.E.O Richard Parsons, chariman Steve Case , and C.O.O Bob Pittman are scrambling to get the show together, again.
  • Unmasking Qwest: Wired for Trouble

    The Denver Post's three part series. "Part 1: The merger of Qwest and U.S. West creates culture shock as deal-driven revenue becomes king. Publicly the picture is rosy but, in private, doubts grow. Part 2: As the telecom industry crashes, Qwest unravels unable to hold off critics and investigators who question the company's accounting. Part 3: A new leader tries to restore credibility, but Qwest remains besieged by federal investigations and unhappy shareholders." Includes a timeline graphic of major events.
  • Back to the Fray: Displaced by Mergers, Some Bankers Launch Their Own Start-Ups

    The Wall Street Journal tells the story of Steve Aaron, a former bank executive entering the banking business himself. "As giant bank gobbles up giant bank, they are leaving behind crumbs. All over the country but especially in the South, experienced but displaced bankers such as Mr. Aaron are scrambling to reassemble the pieces -- capital, managers, and even buildings and equipment -- back into new, tiny banks."
  • Sizing Up: BNP Joins Bank Quest For Bigness, but It Is No Industry Cure-All

    Is bigger really better? The Journal addresses the question in light of ongoing bank mergers. The story finds that "while mergers can help banks cut costs and gain customers, they won't necessarily stave off of the forces that have been making banks less important as sources of capital and advice." The article includes tables of the top ten biggest banks in the world in 1998 and 1988, ranked by assets.
  • A Long Haul: America's Railroads Struggle to Recapture Their Former Glory

    The Wall Street Journal examines the railroad industry and the various problems it is experiencing in terms of quality of service and attention to customers' needs.
  • Boxcar Battle: Railroads See Promise In a Freight Revival That Many Towns Fear

    The Journal reports that "after a decade of sweeping mergers and hostile takeovers, the railroad industry is on the verge of its largest remapping in history -- a 25,000-mile rejiggering of tracks that will straighten out routes, speed up shipments and make railroads a better competitor against trucks. But the plans also put the industry on a collision course with residential America. Many of these new routes would cut through the heart of hundreds of cities and towns, subjecting them to long, lumbering freight trains."